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  • State Trooper: I Feed Bigfoots and They Have a Language

    07/25/2015 11:18:36 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 132 replies
    The man, who provided a full name but chose to remain anonymous, told Cryptozoology News that the encounters have been happening since 2009 in a remote area in the North Cascades. “Sometimes it is just 5 to 10 minutes, other times they stay for hours,” he said. “I leave them food and they visit,” he continued. From apples to carrots, to beef jerky, cookies and candy bars, the ex-law enforcement officer claims the creatures eat it all and leave him alone. The man says he was looking for an old mine in the mountains the first time he came across...
  • Is the Amazon rainforest MAN-MADE? At least 8 MILLION humans may have lived and farmed the basin

    07/24/2015 10:16:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 30 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 24 July 2015 | RICHARD GRAY
    It is often held aloft by environmental campaign groups as an example of one of the last remaining regions of unspoiled habitat left in the world. But instead of being a pristine rainforest untouched by human hands, the Amazon appears to have been profoundly shaped by mankind. An international team of researchers have published evidence that suggests the Amazon was once home to millions of people who lived and farmed in the area now covered by trees.
  • Is the Amazon rainforest MAN-MADE? At least 8 MILLION humans may have lived and farmed the [tr]

    07/24/2015 6:22:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | July 24, 2015 | Richard Gray
    It is often held aloft by environmental campaign groups as an example of one of the last remaining regions of unspoiled habitat left in the world. But instead of being a pristine rainforest untouched by human hands, the Amazon appears to have been profoundly shaped by mankind. An international team of researchers have published evidence that suggests the Amazon was once home to millions of people who lived and farmed in the area now covered by trees.
  • Carbon dioxide emissions help tropical rainforests grow faster:(truncated)

    12/31/2014 8:17:18 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies ^ | 12/30/2014 | Richard Gray
    Nasa study shows tropical forests absorb 1.5 billion tonnes of CO2 a year Rainforests absorb more than half of CO2 taken up by vegetation globally Scientists previously believed tropical forests emitted carbon dioxide Researchers claim their findings emphasise the need to protect rainforests from deforestation to help counteract human greenhouse gas emissions
  • Ecuador halts environment deals with Germany over rainforest visit

    12/20/2014 2:21:41 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 5 replies ^ | Dec 19, 2014 | Reuters
    Ecuador halted environmental cooperation deals with Germany worth some 43 million euros to the Latin American country after German lawmakers tried to visit an Amazon rainforest recently opened for oil production, the foreign minister said on Friday. ... "If they think they had the right to doubt the word of Ecuador's government on the issue of Yasuni because they were providing funds, we'll give them their money back with interest," Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino told reporters.
  • Goliath Encounter: Puppy-Sized Spider Surprises Scientist in Rainforest

    10/18/2014 10:38:31 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 43 replies
    LiveScience ^ | October 17, 2014 | Tanya Lewis
    Piotr Naskrecki was taking a nighttime walk in a rainforest in Guyana, when he heard rustling as if something were creeping underfoot. When he turned on his flashlight, he expected to see a small mammal, such as a possum or a rat. "When I turned on the light, I couldn't quite understand what I was seeing," said Naskrecki, an entomologist and photographer at Harvard University's Museum of Comparative Zoology. A moment later, he realized he was looking not at a brown, furry mammal, but an enormous, puppy-size spider... (click image to enlarge)
  • People cry for help from underneath rubble after 3 die in Washington landslide

    03/23/2014 2:52:37 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Sunday, March 23, 2014 | Greg Botelho, Joe Sutton, Janet DiGiacomo
    (CNN) -- A devastating landslide in Washington state killed three people Saturday and sent rescuers desperately digging for people crying for help underneath debris, authorities in Washington state said. The landslide cut off a small town and a river and prompted an evacuation notice for fear of a potentially "catastrophic flood event," authorities said. The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said, in addition to those dead, seven adults and a 6-month-old boy were rescued and sent to local hospitals. Harborview Medical Center in Seattle reported that five patients had been airlifted there and were in its care. Three of those --...
  • How Chevron turned the tables in Ecuador

    06/30/2013 6:46:16 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    FuelFix ^ | 6/29/13
    <p>San Francisco — Faced with a $19 billion fine for polluting Ecuador’s rainforest, Chevron Corp. has done a remarkable job of turning the tables on its foes.</p> <p>The lawyers who sued Chevron in Ecuador, winning that eye-popping judgment, have come under non-stop attack from the oil company. Chevron has hauled them into court in New York, accusing them of fraud and extortion. The company has gone after Ecuador’s judicial system as well, claiming judges there conspired with the other side.</p>
  • North Carolina man: I'm activist, not terrorist ( Rainforest Action Network )

    09/05/2012 6:39:56 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    ap ^ | September 5, 2012 | MITCH WEISS
    A Charlotte, N.C., man says he was arrested unfairly on a traffic violation because police were worried he would organize protests during the Democratic National Convention. ... Tyson's lawyer, Derek Fletcher, says a police report of the arrest claimed his client was on a terrorist watch list and should be held until the convention ends Thursday. Tyson says he's an activist with the Rainforest Action Network. He thinks he was targeted by police to stop him from organizing protests
  • Elusive long-fingered frog found after 62 years

    03/27/2012 12:18:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | 03-27-2012 | Provided by California Academy of Sciences
    Herpetologists from the California Academy of Sciences and University of Texas at El Paso discovered a single specimen of the Bururi long-fingered frog (Cardioglossa cyaneospila) during a research expedition to Burundi in December 2011. The frog was last seen by scientists in 1949 and was feared to be extinct after decades of turmoil in the tiny East African nation. For biologists studying the evolution and distribution of life in Africa, Burundi sits at an intriguing geographic crossroads since it borders the vast Congo River Basin, the Great Rift Valley, and the world's second largest freshwater lake, Lake Tanganyika. Many of...
  • Plastic-Eating Fungi Found in the Amazon May Solve World’s Waste Problem

    03/16/2012 10:58:09 AM PDT · by Twotone · 26 replies · 3+ views ^ | March 7, 2012 | Emma Hutchings
    A group of students and professors from Yale University have found a fungi in the Amazon rainforest that can degrade and utilize the common plastic polyurethane (PUR). As part of the university’s Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory educational program, designed to engage undergraduate students in discovery-based research, the group searched for plants and cultured the micro-organisms within their tissue.
  • Snake lover killed by one of his 24 king cobras

    06/30/2011 2:00:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | June 30, 2011 | Nick Britten
    <p>A snake conservationist who kept one of Europe’s biggest colonies of king cobras in a compound behind his house died yesterday after one of them bit him.</p> <p>Luke Yeomans had 24 snakes at his home and was due to open his king cobra sanctuary to the public this weekend.</p>
  • Republican’s Climate Solution: Clear-Cut the Rain Forest

    05/27/2011 5:11:24 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    NYSlimes ^ | May 26, 2011 | JOHN COLLINS RUDOLF
    Representative Dana Rohrabacher, Republican of California, needs to hit the science books, forestry experts suggest. They reached that conclusion after hearing Mr. Rohrabacher declare during a Congressional hearing on Wednesday that clear-cutting the world’s rain forests might eliminate the production of greenhouse gases responsible for climate change.
  • A Water Fight Over Luxury Showers

    07/21/2010 8:44:10 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 77 replies
    online.wsj ^ | July 21, 2010 | Stephen Powers
    Gene Goforth sells showerheads—big ones, like the Raindance Imperial 600 AIR. Selling for as much as $5,457, it has a 24-inch spray face, 358 no-clog channels and a triple-massage option. "You can just stand under it, and it helps your psyche," says Mr. Goforth, who has one in his home. Now, Mr. Goforth is in a lather over the federal government's tough new line on water-hogging showerheads, part of a new effort to enforce energy- and water-use regulations. "Leave my shower alone," Mr. Goforth recently wrote in a letter to the Department of Energy. Regulators are going after some of...
  • UN climate panel shamed by bogus rainforest claim (little scientific expertise blamed - say WHAT?)

    01/31/2010 8:44:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies · 501+ views
    Times Online ^ | 1/31/10
    UN climate panel shamed by bogus rainforest claimFrom The Sunday Times January 31, 2010 A STARTLING report by the United Nations climate watchdog that global warming might wipe out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in its 2007 benchmark report that even a slight change in rainfall could see swathes of the rainforest rapidly replaced by savanna grassland. The source for its claim was a report from WWF, an environmental pressure group, which was authored by two green activists....
  • Using biofuel in cars 'may accelerate loss of rainforest'

    01/28/2010 7:07:05 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 471+ views
    The Times(UK) ^ | 01/29/10 | Ben Webster
    Using biofuel in cars 'may accelerate loss of rainforest' Ben Webster, Environment Editor Harvesting of palm oil, the production of which is leading to loss of rainforest Using biofuel in vehicles may be accelerating the destruction of rainforest and resulting in higher greenhouse gas emissions than burning pure petrol and diesel, a watchdog said yesterday. The Renewable Fuels Agency also warned that pump prices could rise in April because of the Government’s policy of requiring fuel companies to add biofuel to petrol and diesel. More than 1.3 million hectares of land — twice the area of Devon — was used...
  • Brazil: 'Gringos' Must Pay to Keep Rainforests

    11/27/2009 1:10:02 PM PST · by geddylee · 45 replies · 1,956+ views
    Newser ^ | 11-26-09
    Brazil's president says "gringos" should pay Amazon nations to prevent deforestation, insisting rich Western nations have caused much more past environmental destruction than the loggers and farmers who cut and burn trees in the world's largest tropical rain forest. "I don't want any gringo asking us to let an Amazon resident die of hunger under a tree," Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said ahead of an Amazon summit. "We want to preserve, but they will have to pay the price for this preservation because we never destroyed our forest like they mowed theirs down a century
  • The Strange Forests that Drink—and Eat—Fog

    03/30/2009 3:10:44 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 14 replies · 529+ views
    discovermagazine ^ | March 30, 2009
    On the rugged roadway approaching Fray Jorge National Park in north-central Chile, you are surrounded by desert. This area receives less than six inches of rain a year, and the dry terrain is more suggestive of the badlands of the American Southwest than of the lush landscapes of the Amazon. Yet as the road climbs, there is an improbable shift. Perched atop the coastal mountains here, some 1,500 to 2,000 feet above the level of the nearby Pacific Ocean, are patches of vibrant rain forest covering up to 30 acres apiece. Trees stretch as much as 100 feet into the...
  • Rain Forests Can be Regrown? All of those quarters to save the rain forest for nothing?

    03/23/2009 7:35:44 AM PDT · by Notoriously Conservative · 17 replies · 581+ views ^ | 03 23 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    Don't tell me I donated all of those quarters to save the rain forest for nothing? No one told me we could simply plant another one. All those wasted quarters. I say, we cut it all down so we can use the wood for nice toilet paper, hard wood floors and toothpicks, then just replant it later. Not only would that create jobs in harvesting the wood, but all the libtards could get jobs replanting it. Win, win. April 17, 2008 How campus researchers helped to rescue a rain forest By Beth SkwareckiHalf a century after most of Costa Rica's...
  • PHOTOS: Mountains fed Amazon's poison frog diversity

    03/22/2009 6:49:33 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 20 replies · 2,661+ views
    msnbc ^ | March. 20, 2009 | Emily Sohn
    The Amazon basin is well known for its wide variety of species, but the rainforest might owe some credit to the mountains as a source for that rich diversity. A new study found that populations of poison frogs made their way from the Andes to the Amazon about a dozen times over the last 10 million years. Scientists suspect that the mountains have long been supplying the jungle with other species of plants and animals, too.
  • New Jungles Prompt a Debate on Rain Forests [enviros are upset that rain forest is growing back]

    02/02/2009 5:55:37 PM PST · by grundle · 36 replies · 1,505+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 30, 2009 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    By one estimate, for every acre of rain forest cut down each year, more than 50 acres of new forest are growing in the tropics... The idea has stirred outrage among environmentalists...
  • Wildwood is latest community to use trees cut from rainforest

    01/16/2009 7:33:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 12 replies · 628+ views
    starledger ^ | Sunday January 11, 2009,
    New Jersey's most popular beach town is about to make a decision that has been unpopular with environmentalists around the world -- using wood cut from the Amazon rainforests to repair a section of its boardwalk. Wildwood, voted the state's best beach last summer by vacationers and others, will become the latest of several New Jersey communities opting to use the more durable rainforest wood to build or fix boardwalks. Environmental groups contend the world's tropical rainforests are being wiped out by logging to satisfy demand for this kind of wood. Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. said Wildwood reluctantly turned to...
  • Amazon pollution case could cost Chevron billions[$27 Billion]

    12/20/2008 11:34:01 AM PST · by BGHater · 7 replies · 716+ views
    AP ^ | 20 Dec 2008 | AP
    Chevron faces potential $27 billion bill in Amazon pollution lawsuit When the sun beats particularly hot on this land in the middle of the jungle, the roads sweat petroleum. A Rhode Island-sized expanse of what was once pristine Amazon rainforest is crisscrossed with oil wells and pipeline grids built by Texaco Inc. a generation ago. And for the past 15 years, a class-action lawsuit has been winding its way through the courts on behalf of the more than 125,000 people who drink, bathe, fish and wash their clothes in tainted headwaters of the Amazon River. Now a single judge is...
  • Schwarzenegger's bid to save the rainforest (with Blogojevich and Doyle)

    11/21/2008 9:44:20 AM PST · by calcowgirl · 13 replies · 522+ views ^ | November 21 2008 | Duncan Clark
    Three US governors join forces with Indonesia and Brazil to keep carbon locked up in endangered tropical forests Though it didn't seems to make an enormous splash in the press, the deal reached this week between three US states, Indonesia and Brazil seems like a fairly big deal in terms of rainforest protection. The agreement was brokered at the climate summit convened by California's ecosavvy governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Along with fellow governors from Illinois and Wisconsin, Schwarzenegger signed an agreement that could see carbon credits earned from forest protection in Indonesia or Brazil incorporated into US emissions trading schemes. Partly,...
  • Fungus manufactures diesel

    11/04/2008 10:47:47 AM PST · by Prunetacos · 36 replies · 1,506+ views
    A tree-living fungus that manufactures diesel fuel has been discovered in South America. Experts believe the organism, Gliocladium roseum, could potentially be a completely new source of green energy. The fungus, which lives inside the Ulmo tree in the Patagonian rainforest, naturally produces hydrocarbon fuel similar to the diesel used in cars and trucks. Scientists were amazed to find that it was able to convert plant cellulose directly into the biofuel, dubbed "myco-diesel". Crops normally have to converted to sugar and fermented before they can be turned into useful fuel...."
  • Rain Forest <i>benefiting</> from development?

    10/13/2008 9:01:22 PM PDT · by xlib · 7 replies · 513+ views
    University of Chicago Magazine ^ | Oct 08 | Richard Mertens
    "Despite assumptions that globalization is destroying forests, these researchers argue that in many parts of the world globalization and the policies that go along with it are in fact helping to create them. Migration from rural areas to cities or other countries, new markets for forest commodities, and even war are helping in some places to bring trees back. In other places the demand for diverse and far-flung products like rubber, tea, and açaí fruit, for example, is transforming existing forests and the lives that depend on them, often in unexpected ways. Perhaps most surprisingly, archaeologists and ecologists have discovered...
  • MTV trashes rainforest in the name of reality TV

    Here's what happens when a big American media corporation takes over your island and starts getting real: On a small remote island in the Republic of Panama where MTV filmed the next "Real World/Road Rules Challenge", MTV allegedly cleared parts of the rainforest, built an access road through the forest, trashed the beach and left a massive mess for locals to deal with.
  • Norway donates up to one billion dollars to save Brazil rain forest

    09/16/2008 3:18:56 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies · 350+ views
    AFP ^ | Sep 16, 2008 | Unknown
    BRASILIA (AFP) - Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg announced Tuesday that Oslo will donate up to a billion dollars to a government fund here devoted to rescuing the Amazon rain forest. < > Brazil is considered the fourth biggest emitter of greenhouse gases in the world, 75 percent of which come from deforestation.
  • Eco-police find new target: Oreos

    08/24/2008 6:37:09 PM PDT · by lainie · 21 replies · 241+ views
    CNN/Money/Forbes ^ | 8-21-2008 | Marc Gunther
    (Fortune) -- What do Oreo cookies made by Nabisco, Cheez-It crackers from Kellogg's or General Mills' Fiber One Chewy Bars have to do with global warming and the destruction of tropical rainforests? A lot, say environmental activists. The link between the supermarket shelf, climate change and shrinking rainforests is palm oil, a controversial ingredient that may now be the most widely-traded vegetable oil in the world. Here's the problem: Demand for palm oil, which is found in soaps and cosmetics as well as food, has more than doubled in the last decade as worldwide food consumption has soared. Farmers, in...
  • Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe Actually Known for Decades

    06/21/2008 1:17:49 PM PDT · by blam · 43 replies · 428+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 6-19-2008 | Kelly Hearn
    Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe Actually Known for DecadesKelly Hearn for National Geographic NewsJune 19, 2008 Recent photos of an uncontacted tribe firing arrows at a plane briefly made these Amazon Indians the world's least understood media darlings. Contrary to many news stories, the isolated group has actually been monitored from a distance for decades, past and current Brazilian government officials say. No one, however, is known to have had a face-to-face meeting with the nomadic tribe, which lives along the Peru-Brazil border. And no one knows how much, if anything, these rain forest people know about the outside world. The tribe—whose...
  • Vanity: this page is such a good cause, please hear me out.

    05/28/2008 9:37:57 AM PDT · by true2theirword · 2,409 replies · 808+ views
    this site is personal to me it seems no strings attached, their sponsors take care of it all. just click and you will help many worthwhile causes, like hunger, breast cancer, literacy and pets. really, i run firefox with adblock plus and this site has given me no malware or issues/popups. it seems legit, if i can donate a can of food a day and more, i'm sure someone here can help spread the word. i appreciate it. and i'm in no way affiliated with them or paid, this isn't spam. i'm just a news junkie with this place and...
  • Asia's rainforests vanishing as timber, food demand surge: Experts

    04/27/2008 2:28:08 PM PDT · by RightWhale · 12 replies · 136+ views
    AFP ^ | 27 Apr 08 | staff
    HANOI, April 27 (AFP) Apr 27, 2008 Asia's rainforests are being rapidly destroyed, a trend accelerated by surging timber demand in booming China and India, and record food, energy and commodity prices, forest experts warn. The loss of these biodiversity hot spots, much of it driven by the illegal timber trade and the growth of oil palm, biofuel and rubber plantations, is worsening global warming, species loss and poverty, they said. Globally, tropical forest destruction "is a super crisis we are facing, it's an appalling crisis," said Oxford University's Professor Norman Myers, keynote speaker at the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week conference...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, December 16-22, 2007: Khao Sok National Park, Thailand

    12/20/2007 6:46:23 AM PST · by cogitator · 7 replies · 153+ views
  • 2 towns at Shore debate new boardwalks,Environmental concerns raised over type of Rainforest wood

    07/07/2007 4:37:32 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 520+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 05.30.07 | MARYANN SPOTO
    The world's first boardwalk was nailed down at the Jersey Shore in 1870 to solve the nuisance of sand being tracked into hotels. Now boardwalks themselves are the problem in some Shore towns. Plans to redo the fabled boards of Wildwood and Ocean City this fall have environmentalists and activists fighting local officials over the wood for the projects. In bid specifications for the work, both Cape May County towns have requested wood from the ipe, a tropical tree that grows in Central and South American rainforests, fragile regions some environmental groups argue are being ravaged by unscrupulous loggers. The...
  • The Kapok Connection: Study Explains Rainforest Similarities

    06/22/2007 10:28:02 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 278+ views
    National Science Foundation, Press Release 07-068 ^ | Last Updated: June 15, 2007 | Cheryl Dybas, Nancy Ross-Flanigan
    ...the kapok tree now is upsetting an idea that biologists have clung to for decades: the notion that African and South American rainforests are similar because the continents were connected 96 million years ago. Research by University of Michigan evolutionary ecologist Christopher Dick and colleagues shows that kapok -- and perhaps other rainforest -- trees colonized Africa after the continents split when the trees' seeds traveled across the ocean... said Sam Scheiner, program director in NSF's Division of Environmental Biology, which funded the research. "In order to plan for and mitigate global climate change, we need to understand the history...
  • Brazil Shuts Down Cargill's Amazon Port

    03/26/2007 8:24:08 AM PDT · by Mr. Silverback · 22 replies · 1,167+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | Saturday March 24, 2007 | Alan Clendenning
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Authorities shut down an important deep-water Amazon River port owned by Cargill Inc. on Saturday, saying the huge U.S. agribusiness firm failed to provide an environmental impact statement required by law. The move by federal police and environmental agents to close Cargill's controversial soy export terminal was a major victory for environmentalists in Santarem, a sleepy jungle city about 1,250 miles northwest of Sao Paulo. It came after a late Friday ruling by Judge Souza Prudente, police and the Agencia Estado news service said. "It was peaceful," federal police agent Cesar Dessimoni said of the...
  • Ethanol Hypocrites ( Environmentalists...)

    03/08/2007 5:31:10 PM PST · by george76 · 36 replies · 1,001+ views
    Environmentalism: President Bush has long been blasted by the left as big oil's tool, indifferent to alternative energy. Now that he's got a big plan to develop ethanol with Brazil, the left hates ethanol. Who needs this? Only yesterday, we were hearing about the glories of ethanol as a renewable resource superior to oil because of its low carbon emissions. Fill up with ethanol — help end global warming. Bill Clinton was big on this, lobbying against offshore oil drilling in California in favor of big-government ethanol programs. But now that Bush, on a visit to Brazil on Thursday, is...
  • The Rain Forest News Crunch

    03/02/2007 6:07:43 PM PST · by Kitten Festival · 20 replies · 545+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 2 Mar 2007 | Staff
    Environment: Whatever happened to the rain forest? The virtuous cause seems to have become an endangered species with the totemic rise of global warming. Maybe that's the lesson. Not too long ago, the news was atwitter with stories of rain forest bio-jewelry, rain forest vegetable leather, rain forest acai juice, rain forest wisdom and Rainforest Cafes with Chicken Monsoon or Amazon mushroom burger repasts amid a lot of parrot noise. Don't forget Ben & Jerry's Rainforest Crunch ice cream. A few years ago, Amazon rain forest stories full of cuddly animal images drew big publicity for environmental groups like the...
  • Brazil Says Amazon Destruction Declining ('But-monkey')

    09/13/2006 9:14:55 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 6 replies · 300+ views
    ABC News ^ | September 5, 2006 | Staff
    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil - The rate of destruction of the Amazon rain forest is slowing, although ranchers, loggers and soybean farmers are illegally removing thousands of square miles of trees each year, the Brazilian government said Tuesday. The rain forest, as big as Western Europe, lost 6,450 square miles between 2005 and 2006, a decrease of 11 percent from the year before, the environment ministry said citing preliminary figures. "We are now, once again, seeing a declining trend," Environment Minister Marina Silva told reporters in Brasilia, adding: "We have to combat illegal deforestation." Silva credited increased law enforcement and...
  • The folly of family vacations (Dave Barry)

    06/04/2006 9:01:13 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 20 replies · 774+ views
    Maimi Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    The folly of family vacations BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published on May 28, 1995.) Parents, school is almost out, which means it's time to make those summer vacation plans, load up the family car and take off, quickly, before the kids get home. I am, of course, joshing. You should take the kids; there's nothing quite like putting the whole family into the car and hitting the open road, leaving your worries behind, driving mile after carefree mile, sometimes getting as many as three carefree miles before everybody in the car hates everybody else...
  • China: Forests in Southeast Asia Fall to Prosperity's Ax(Chicom to clean it out?)

    05/01/2006 5:04:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies · 516+ views
    NYT ^ | 04/29/06
    April 29, 2006 Forests in Southeast Asia Fall to Prosperity's Ax By JANE PERLEZ LONG ALONGO, Indonesia — For as long as anyone can remember, Anyie Apoui and his people have lived among the majestic trees and churning rivers in an untouched corner of Borneo, catching fish and wild game, cultivating rice and making do without roads. But all that is about to change. The Indonesian government has signed a deal with China that will level much of the remaining tropical forests in an area so vital it is sometimes called the lungs of Southeast Asia. For China, the deal...
  • Surprise: Rainforest Grows When It's Dry

    03/21/2006 8:58:00 AM PST · by anymouse · 8 replies · 632+ views
    Most plants do their growing during the rainy season and stall out when it's dry. But in much of the Amazon rainforest, dry spells bring on growth spurts. The finding, announced today, surprised scientists. "Most of the vegetation around the world follows a general pattern in which plants get green and lush during the rainy season, and then during the dry season, leaves fall because there's not enough water in the soil to support plant growth," said lead researcher Alfredo Huete of the University of Arizona. "What we found for a large section of the Amazon is the opposite," Huete...
  • The Incredible Shrinking Rain Forest

    03/09/2006 4:29:13 AM PST · by libstripper · 8 replies · 474+ views
    The Opinion Journal ^ | March 9, 2006 | MICHAEL JUDGE
    CORALVILLE, Iowa--Iowans are a proud and famously practical people. So when Des Moines millionaire Ted Townsend, heir to a fortune earned manufacturing meat-processing equipment (a practical endeavor), proposed creating a man-made, indoor, 4.5 acre "rain forest" in the heart of corn country (a somewhat impractical endeavor), many Iowans scoffed. Despite an initial $10 million donation by Mr. Townsend and his Iowa Center for Health in a Loving Democracy (Child) Institute, what is now called the Environmental Project bounced around the state for years without gaining much traction, let alone financial backing. That all changed in 2003, however, when Chuck Grassley,...
  • Evangelical missionaries move into Amazon villages

    02/10/2006 5:29:47 AM PST · by xzins · 4 replies · 204+ views
    Net India ^ | 9 Feb 06
    It takes days of travel by boat and foot to reach indigenous tribes deep in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, but that hasn't stopped evangelical Christian missionaries from countries like Germany and South Korea from descending on hundreds of Indian villages. Unlike Portuguese conquerors five centuries ago, the new proselytisers say they aim to help with medical and social services more than to convert the animist tribes to Christianity. The missionaries sometimes strip down to loincloths so they fit in better and even search for tribes that have never before made contact with the outside world. But they often lack the permission...
  • Brazilian environmentalist dies in protest (Enviro on Fire)

    11/14/2005 1:43:19 PM PST · by proud_yank · 23 replies · 696+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canadia) ^ | Nov 14, 2005 | AP
    Brazilian environmentalist dies in protest Monday, November 14, 2005 Posted at 2:06 PM EST Associated Press Rio de Janeiro — A crusading defender of Brazil's Pantanal wetlands died of his burns after setting himself on fire to protest a proposed sugarcane alcohol plant in the environmentally fragile region, hospital officials said Monday. Francisco Anselmo de Barros, 65, wrapped himself in an alcohol-soaked blanket and set it on fire during a protest Saturday in Campo Grande, 1,200 kilometres northwest of Rio de Janeiro, according to officials at the Santa Casa hospital. Fellow protesters smothered the fire with blankets and sprayed it...
  • Major drought in Amazon rainforest

    10/11/2005 6:09:57 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 11 replies · 517+ views ^ | Monday, October 10, 2005
    Major drought in Amazon rainforest Monday, October 10, 2005; Posted: 4:54 p.m. EDT (20:54 GMT) MANAQUIRI, Brazil (Reuters) -- The worst drought in more than 40 years is damaging the world's biggest rainforest, plaguing the Amazon basin with wildfires, sickening river dwellers with tainted drinking water, and killing fish by the millions as streams dry up. "What's awful for us is that all these fish have died and when the water returns there will be barely any more," Donisvaldo Mendonca da Silva, a 33-year-old fisherman, said. Nearby, scores of piranhas shook in spasms in two inches of water -- what...
  • Biofuels threaten rainforests as important European Commission decision lies ahead (Kyoto kills)

    10/04/2005 7:33:02 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 42 replies · 1,204+ views ^ | October 1, 2005 | Dr. Glenn Barry
    Europe's rush to oil palm and soya biomass as source of renewable energy misguided and unsustainable To meet Kyoto protocol commitments, various European and other governments are encouraging the use of biomass as fuel (biofuel) in transport and electricity. Biofuels are mostly carbon neutral, and switching from fossil fuels to biodiesel is promoted as a solution to climate change. Rainforests will be threatened by increased demand for agricultural products to be raised on once forested lands, and by use of forest biomass as a fuel. An unregulated rush to biofuels will lead to more natural rainforest loss and fragmentation, increased...
  • Rainforest Iowa: Right For America, Right For Puppies

    09/29/2005 4:42:12 PM PDT · by IowaHawk · 22 replies · 956+ views
    Iowahawk Blog | 9/29/05 | David Burge
    Rainforest Iowa (artist's concept). Hello everyone, this is David Burge. In my role as the internet’s ‘Iowahawk,’ it has been my privilege to entertain tens of readers like you around the globe with my quirky brand of wacky wisecracks, rib-tickling funny boners, and good ol' slapsticking ‘think-chucklers’ – or, as I call them, ‘thucklers.’ Yes, we’ve enjoyed a lot of wonderful thuckling together, you and I. But today, I’d like to take a moment to wipe off the greasepaint, put down the seltzer bottle, remove my baggy pants and bring your attention to a very important topic near and dear...
  • Continued Accelerated Growth of Amazonian Forests (Tropical forests are growing, not dying)

    09/07/2005 6:16:54 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 12 replies · 692+ views
    CO2 Science ^ | September 7, 2005 | Staff
    For most of the past century it was believed that old-growth forests, such as those of Amazonia, should be close to dynamic equilibrium. Just the opposite, however, has been repeatedly observed over the past two decades. In one of the first studies to illuminate this new reality, Phillips and Gentry (1994) analyzed the turnover rates - which are close correlates of net productivity (Weaver and Murphy, 1990) - of forty tropical forests from all around the world. They found that the growth rates of these already highly productive forests had been rising ever higher since at least 1960, and that...
  • Amazon is next for takeover, many in Brazil believe

    08/15/2005 12:17:08 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 43 replies · 1,397+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Sun, Aug. 14, 2005 | Henry Chu
    A poll found 75% fear a U.S. invasion motivated by desire for natural riches. BELÉM, Brazil - Afghanistan was the first to fall. Iraq, with all that oil, was next. And Socorro Leite says she has a fair idea of what else lies in the sights of the Americans. "Soon," she warns, "their target will be the Amazon." Insidious plots are afoot to snatch the rain forest from Brazil and declare it an international protectorate, the 45-year-old political aide believes. Foreign scientists and environmental activists are secret fronts for nations bent on laying claim to the region's abundant riches. American...